Meltem Demirors

Director, Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme at University of Oxford

Meltem Demirors Bio

Meltem Demirors holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Demirors served as the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a leading digital asset manager, from May 2018 to January 2024. In this role, she developed asset management products to provide institutional investors with exposure to crypto assets and blockchain companies. She also served as the managing director of CoinShares’ US operations.

Previous Experience

Before joining CoinShares, Demirors was Vice President of Development at Digital Currency Group, where she managed an investment portfolio of 110 cryptocurrency and blockchain companies across 30 countries. She has extensive experience in both legacy finance and blockchain-based finance, focusing on financial risk management, capital efficiency, portfolio management, and network development.

Advocacy and Influence

Demirors invests in and supports cryptocurrency and blockchain startups through her personal fund, Shiny Pony Ventures. She is involved in numerous industry initiatives focused on market infrastructure and portfolio management practices, notably via the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council. Demirors is passionate about financial privacy and civil liberties and works closely with the academic community on education efforts, helping to create the MIT “Future of Commerce” online course and the Oxford Saïd Business School Blockchain Strategy Program. She regularly writes and shares her insights via her Medium blog.

Meltem Demirors is a prominent figure in the cryptocurrency industry, known for her strategic vision, advocacy for blockchain technology, and commitment to advancing financial privacy and civil liberties.

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Meltem Demirors Current Work

  • University of Oxford Director, Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme

Meltem Demirors Previous Work

Meltem Demirors Education

  • MIT Sloan School of Management, MBA, 2013-2015
  • Rice University, B.A., Mathematical Economics, 2005-2009

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